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Not Safe For Work

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The compulsively readable novel about a young woman trying to succeed in Hollywood without selling her soul - perfect for fans of Sweetbitter, My Dark Vanessa and Exciting Times

'Glittering. A funny, spiky, compulsive story about toxic workplaces, lean-in culture and #MeToo' EVENING STANDARD

'A frank study of the psychological, and at times literal, gymnastics that are required of striving women' RAVEN LEILANI, bestselling author of LUSTER

'A blistering look at the hidden side of Hollywood' GLAMOUR, 'BEST NEW BOOKS'

'Frank, funny and unputdownable' CLAIRE MESSUD

You are a young, ambitious, college-educated feminist. And you've just landed a job in television.

To climb the ranks, you do whatever it takes:
- Pull all-nighters
- Lean on your powerful mother's contacts
- Stay in shape at cult-like fitness classes
- Secretly wear your boss's fitbit to improve his step count - and his temper

You know the rules of this world. When someone senior tells you how pretty you look, you smile and thank him - and make a mental note never to wear that dress alone with him again.

When rumours of an assault start to circle the office, and your close friend confesses her own disturbing experience, you know there is plenty to gain from staying silent.

And all too much to lose through speaking out.

Besides, you know your boss is one of the good guys . . . don't you?

'An intoxicating exploration of male-dominated workplaces . . . NSFW is gripping' TIME

'Ambition bites back . . . So visceral is the narrator's voice that every time I opened the book felt like sliding into uncomfortable heels. Brave' New York Times

Longlisted for the Center for Fiction Prize

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"I read this steely investigation of workplace ambition and patriarchal complicity in one sitting, my alliances shifting with every page. Funny, insightful, and enraging in all the best ways, NSFW is a fiercely smart debut that turns its gaze back on the reader, forcing you to ask just how far you'd go - and who you'd throw under the bus - for a seat at the table." - Julie Buntin

"The rare kind of read that made me giggle just as much as it left me gutted." - Zakiya Dalila Harris

"A frank account of the inherent filthiness of leaning in. A study of the psychological and at times, literal, gymnastics that are required of striving women." - Raven Leilani

"Frank, funny and unputdownable, Isabel Kaplan's NSFW takes you on an ambitious young woman's wild ride through Hollywood. Her mother's a famous feminist lawyer, and she's a rising executive star, mistress of her destiny. But behind the glitter and the justice, everyone is tarnished and compromised - including even our narrator. Kaplan, with her sharp and nuanced eye, sees it all, and tells it brilliantly." - Claire Messud

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